LCSDP Objectives and Activities
1. To gain world heritage listing for the Budj Bim National Heritage Landscape.
In 2003, the Gunditjmara traditional owners nominated the Indigenous heritage values of the Mt Eccles, Lake Condah and Tyrendarra area for the newly established Australian National Heritage List.
The nomination was strongly supported by the LCSDP, the district community and the Victorian Government.
In July 2004, the Australian Government declared the Budj Bim National Heritage List as the first Indigenous place on the National Heritage List.
The heritage values of the Budj Bim landscape along the Mt Eccles and Mt Napier lava flows were expressly protected under the Aboriginal Heritage Act 2006 (Vic).
In 2008, the Aboriginal and European heritage values of the Lake Condah Aboriginal Mission site were featured as a case study for the newly created Victorian Government Heritage Themes framework.
In 2009, the Gunditjmara traditional owners nominated two more community-owned properties along the Budj Bim landscape for national heritage listing.
Kurtonitj and the Peters properties were acquired by the Indigenous Land Corporation in 2005 and 2007 respectively and vested to the Gunditj Mirring corporation in 2010.
The Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities are continuing their assessment of the nominated properties.
The LCSDP continues to work towards a World Heritage Nomination for the Budj Bim National Heritage Landscape.
The nomination process of the Budj Bim landscape for World Heritage listing will take several long years for the nomination to be assessed and evaluated by the Australian Government and placed on it Tentative List.
Once the Budj Bim nomination is placed on the Tentative List, UNESCO will arrange its resources to assess and evaluate the Budj Bim landscape and its full set of Indigenous and historic values for World Heritage Listing.
It is hoped that the Budj Bim landscape is evaluated as a cultural landscape that encompasses the cultural and historic values through the use of the natural resources (i.e. volcanic stone) as important to Gunditjmara people and the broader community's historic heritage.
In June 2011, the Gunditjmara people and the LCSDP will host the Budj Bim World Heritage Symposium. Funding has been confirmed from Regional Development Victoria and from the LCSDP sponsorship funding from Portland Aluminium. The results of the symposium will be published by the Australian ICOMOS.
Alongside the scientific work required for a World Heritage nomination, an important component is the strong and demonstrable community support for the process and nomination.